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India launches national tax amid business doubts
Jul 01

India launches national tax amid business doubts

New Delhi : The Indian government on Saturday launched its biggest fiscal reform ever, promising a stronger economy and less corruption, but many businesses said they were confounded by the new single nationwide tax. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a special midnight session of parliament to launch the new goods...

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 Backpacks, books and life jackets: Time for school in China
Jun 15

Backpacks, books and life jackets: Time for school in China

Dazu : After school, a dozen children strap on life jackets under their backpacks before boarding a flat-bottomed boat in southwest China. A 60-year-old man then sinks a pole into the green waters of the Xiangshuitan reservoir to push the punt in the daily, half-hour-long trip between the primary school and the...

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Solar power price slump casts shadow on India's green future
Jun 09

Solar power price slump casts shadow on India's green future

New Delhi : Solar power prices in India have hit rock bottom, but it is not all good news for the electricity-starved country as the phenomenon has hit investor confidence and threatens the country's effort to push its green credentials. Cut-throat competition has driven prices down to unsustainable levels,...

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India firecracker factory blast toll hits 25
Jun 08

India firecracker factory blast toll hits 25

New Delhi : The death toll from an explosion at a firecracker factory in central India has risen to 25, an official said Thursday, after five workers succumbed to their injures overnight. Emergency workers removed at least 20 charred bodies from the mangled structure Tuesday after a fire hit gunpowder stocks...

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Myanmar military plane carrying 116 missing
Jun 07

Myanmar military plane carrying 116 missing

Yangon : A Myanmar military plane carrying 116 people went missing on Wednesday between the southern city of Myeik and Yangon, according to the office of the army chief and an airport source. "Communication was lost suddenly at about 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) when it reached about 20 miles west of Dawei town," the...

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Five militants, army major killed in northeast India
Jun 07

Five militants, army major killed in northeast India

New Delhi : An Indian army major and five suspected militants were killed in a gunfight in a remote northeastern Indian state close to the border with Myanmar, police said Wednesday.  The gunfight broke out late Tuesday after troops raided a militant hideout in the forests of Mon district in Nagaland...

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India's meat exporters take hit amid cow protection drive
Jun 07

India's meat exporters take hit amid cow protection drive

New Delhi : Indian buffalo meat exports plunged more than 10 percent in April, new trade figures show, with traders blaming a campaign to protect cows for undermining its position as one of the world's top beef suppliers. Buffalo meat shipments dropped 11.4 percent in April, data released this week showed, denting...

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Cathay Pacific sacks 600 staff in major shakeup
May 22

Cathay Pacific sacks 600 staff in major shakeup

Hong Kong : Hong Kong's flagship airline Cathay Pacific said Monday it would cut 600 staff as part of a major overhaul to slash costs and repair its bottom line.  The company posted its first annual net loss in eight years in March, citing intense competition as lower cost airlines, particularly from mainland...

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12 dead in tunnel blast in southwest China
May 03

12 dead in tunnel blast in southwest China

Beijing : Twelve workers died following an explosion in a high-speed rail tunnel in southwestern China, state media said Wednesday, after rescuers spent over 14 hours searching the rubble for survivors. The blast occurred after gas filled the tunnel, which was being bored in the province of Guizhou, leaving 12...

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Students clash with police in Indian Kashmir protests
Apr 17

Students clash with police in Indian Kashmir protests

Srinagar : Hundreds of students clashed with government forces in Indian Kashmir during protests Monday against a police raid on a college, as tensions ran high in the restive region. Around 100 students were injured as police used batons and tear gas to try to quell the protests, which broke out in the main...

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Malaysia seizes big shipment of rhino horns at airport
Apr 10

Malaysia seizes big shipment of rhino horns at airport

Sepang : Enforcement officials in Malaysia have seized 18 rhinoceros horns imported from Mozambique, weighing 51.4 kg and worth 13.7 million ringgit ($3.1 million), a senior customs official said Monday. Airport customs director Hamzah Sundang said officials acting on a tip-off...

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China protests to India over Dalai Lama visit
Apr 06

China protests to India over Dalai Lama visit

Beijing : China said on Thursday that it has lodged an official protest with India over the visit of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to contested territory along the two countries' border. The Dalai Lama travelled to Arunachal Pradesh, parts of which Beijing claims as South Tibet, earlier this week...

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North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan
Apr 05

North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan

Seoul : Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, in what analysts said was a warning ahead of a China-US summit at which Pyongyang's accelerating atomic weapons programme is set to top the agenda. South Korea's defence ministry said the missile -– launched days...

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Custodian charged with murdering 20 people at Pakistan shrine
Apr 03

Custodian charged with murdering 20 people at Pakistan shrine

Islamabad : The custodian of a Pakistani religious shrine has been charged with murder and terrorism, police said Monday, after allegedly torturing and killing 20 worshippers with knives and clubs. Two others were also charged in the slaughter Sunday at the Sufi shrine of Mohammad Ali in Punjab province, local police...

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Dalai Lama reunited with guard who welcomed him to India
Apr 03

Dalai Lama reunited with guard who welcomed him to India

Guwahati : The Dalai Lama has had an emotional reunion with the Indian border guard who escorted him as he fled his native Tibet following a failed uprising nearly 60 years ago. The 81-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who has lived in exile ever since, was...

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At least 200 Indian police in hospital after meal
Apr 02

At least 200 Indian police in hospital after meal

New Delhi : At least 200 Indian paramilitary police were hospitalised with suspected food poisoning after eating meals at a training camp in the southern state of Kerala, police said Sunday.  Training cadets and security forces belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) complained of diarrhoea and...

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US embassy in Kabul fires six over drugs
Mar 31

US embassy in Kabul fires six over drugs

Kabul : Six employees of the US embassy in Kabul have been dismissed for using or possessing drugs, an official said, in an embarrassment to Washington which has splurged billions on Afghan counter-narcotics efforts. The sacking followed an embassy investigation after staff noticed a person wandering around the...

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11 Keralites among top richest Indians in GCC
Mar 30

11 Keralites among top richest Indians in GCC

Manama : Yusuff Ali MA, Managing Director, LuLu Group International, topped the Sixth Arabian Business Indian Rich List of 11 businessmen from the south Indian state of Kerala.

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India's filmstar politician dies after prolonged illness
Dec 05

India's filmstar politician dies after prolonged illness

Chennai : Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of south India's Tamil Nadu state and one of the country's most popular political leaders, died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities announced late Monday night. "It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief...

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India's Modi urges bill-swap success amid cash crunch
Nov 13

India's Modi urges bill-swap success amid cash crunch

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday made an emotional appeal to people to make India graft-free, as chaotic scenes erupted outside banks nationwide after high denomination notes were pulled from circulation. Modi surprised the country Tuesday night when he announced...

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Japan, India to ink controversial nuclear deal this week
Nov 06

Japan, India to ink controversial nuclear deal this week

Tokyo : Japan and India are set to sign a controversial civil nuclear deal this week, reports said Sunday, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to sign a deal Friday that...

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Five dead, 40 wounded in Pakistan ship-breaking accident
Nov 01

Five dead, 40 wounded in Pakistan ship-breaking accident

Quetta : At least five people were killed and dozens wounded Tuesday when a gas cylinder exploded and started a fire inside an oil tanker being broken up for scrap in southern Pakistan, officials said. The accident happened at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in the southwestern province of Balochistan, some 50...

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Singapore starts first trial in 1MDB money-laundering scandal
Oct 31

Singapore starts first trial in 1MDB money-laundering scandal

Singapore : A former private banker went on trial in Singapore on Monday in the first prosecution of suspects linked to a massive international money-laundering scandal centred on Malaysian state fund 1MDB. State prosecutors described the sums involved as...

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India capital chokes on toxic smog after Diwali
Oct 31

India capital chokes on toxic smog after Diwali

New Delhi : New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog Monday after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital. The reading for pollutants in the atmosphere breached the 1,000 microgram mark for the first...

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Blast at Indian firecracker workshop kills five
Oct 26

Blast at Indian firecracker workshop kills five

New Delhi : Five people were killed in an explosion at an illegal firecracker workshop in India, police said on Wednesday, ahead of the annual Diwali festival when demand hits its peak. The building housing the workshop was completely destroyed when a fire hit gunpowder stocks used to make the fireworks in...

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Indian court acquits 14 over 2002 massacre of Muslims
Oct 21

Indian court acquits 14 over 2002 massacre of Muslims

Ahmedabad : An Indian court on Thursday upheld appeals by 14 Hindus convicted over the massacre of 33 Muslims burnt alive during some of the worst religious unrest the country has seen since independence. The victims had crowded into a small house seeking...

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Indian capital's zoo closes over bird flu scare
Oct 20

Indian capital's zoo closes over bird flu scare

New Delhi : New Delhi zoo has temporarily closed after two birds died of bird flu, its curator said Wednesday, a month after India declared itself free of the disease.  Riaz Khan said tests had confirmed the birds died of the H5 strain of avian influenza, commonly known...

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Twin fires kill at least 22 in India
Oct 18

Twin fires kill at least 22 in India

New Delhi : At least 22 people have been killed in two separate fires in India, most of them patients who were trapped in the intensive care unit of a major hospital, officials said Tuesday. More than 40 critically ill patients were in the ICU of a private hospital in the...

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At least 27 dead in Pakistan bus collision
Oct 17

At least 27 dead in Pakistan bus collision

Islamabad : At least 27 people were killed and 50 others were wounded early Monday after a head-on collision between two passenger buses in central Pakistan, officials said. The two buses, carrying around 100 passengers, collided in the town of Khanpur, some 800 kilometres (497 miles) south of the capital...

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Pakistan ups security as Bibi blasphemy case goes to court
Oct 13

Pakistan ups security as Bibi blasphemy case goes to court

Islamabad : Pakistan deployed hundreds of security forces in the capital Islamabad Thursday as the Supreme Court readied to hear a final appeal in the country's most notorious blasphemy case. Lawyers for Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five who has been on death row since 2010, will seek to have her death sentence...

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Bahrain holds roadshow in India seeking investments
Oct 08

Bahrain holds roadshow in India seeking investments

New Delhi : A delegation from the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is holding a roadshow in India seeking investments in sectors like tourism, start-ups, financial services, information technology and manufacturing, according to a report.  The Financial Express quoting EDB Managing Director...

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Pakistan, India exchange fresh fire in Kashmir
Oct 01

Pakistan, India exchange fresh fire in Kashmir

Pakistan and India exchanged fresh fire across the Kashmir border Saturday, the Pakistani military said, with Indian officials stating there was no damage as tensions rise between the nuclear-armed rivals. "Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing"...

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Pakistan bans screening of Indian films
Oct 01

Pakistan bans screening of Indian films

A union representing Pakistan cinemas and film distributors has banned the screening of Indian movies across the country in the wake of rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours in disputed Kashmir.  The decision follows an earlier move by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) to...

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Earthquake strikes Pakistan
Oct 01

Earthquake strikes Pakistan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck Pakistan at 0804 GMT, 117 km east of the Swat Valley city of Mingaora, at a depth of 43.4 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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India's navy on high alert in Mumbai
Sep 22

India's navy on high alert in Mumbai

Mumbai : India's navy was put on high alert Thursday in the city of Mumbai, an official said, after reports that four men dressed in black and carrying weapons were seen near a base.  Security has been strengthened at several naval facilities along the coast in and around India's financial capital, while...

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Indian, Pakistani troops exchange fire in Kashmir
Sep 20

Indian, Pakistani troops exchange fire in Kashmir

Srinagar: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across their disputed border in Kashmir on Tuesday, two days after a deadly raid on an army base that New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants. Eighteen soldiers died in Sunday's attack, which was the worst of its kind to hit the divided Himalayan region...

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US 'friendly fire' kills eight Afghan police: officials
Sep 19

US 'friendly fire' kills eight Afghan police: officials

Afghanistan: A US air raid has killed eight Afghan policemen who were battling the Taliban, officials said Monday, the first apparent "friendly fire" incident since American forces were given greater powers to strike at insurgents. The incident happened on Sunday in the Tali area of Uruzgan province. The Taliban...

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India weighs response to deadly raid on Kashmir base
Sep 19

India weighs response to deadly raid on Kashmir base

Srinagar: India on Monday weighed its response to a bloody raid on an army base in Kashmir which  fuelled tensions with nuclear-armed Pakistan, as some politicians called for military action after the worst attack of its kind in over a decade. New Delhi has said Pakistan-based militants were behind Sunday's...

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Thousands flock to Indian Himalayas for rare Buddhist festival
Sep 19

Thousands flock to Indian Himalayas for rare Buddhist festival

Hemis: Hundreds of thousands of monks, devotees and tourists have flocked to India's remote Ladakh region for a rare Buddhist festival, dubbed the "Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas" by promoters. Dancers in bright, silk costumes and striking headgear performed to drum and pipe music as part of the festival being held in a...

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17 Indian soldiers killed in militant attack on Kashmir base
Sep 18

17 Indian soldiers killed in militant attack on Kashmir base

Srinagar : Heavily armed militants killed 17 soldiers in a pre-dawn raid Sunday on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir, the worst such attack for years in the disputed Himalayan region. The rebels attacked the army brigade headquarters housing hundreds of soldiers in the town of Uri, close to the de facto...

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Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf's property
Sep 17

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf's property

Islamabad : A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a deadly raid on Islamabad's radical Red Mosque passed an order Saturday confiscating his property, a lawyer said. Former president Musharraf, who left Pakistan for Dubai in March for what was described as urgent medical treatment,...

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Three workers missing after bridge collapse in China
Sep 11

Three workers missing after bridge collapse in China

Beijing : A decommissioned bridge collapsed in central China Sunday leaving three workers missing, state media reported. The collapse happened as the bridge was being dismantled in Jiangxi province, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Five workers who fell into the river in the accident were rescued and sent...

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At least 22 dead in Bangladesh factory fire
Sep 10

At least 22 dead in Bangladesh factory fire

Dhaka : At least 22 people have been killed and 70 injured, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi packaging factory, officials said Saturday as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze. Around 100 people were working when flames tore through the four-storey building in...

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US to give Philippines military planes
Sep 07

US to give Philippines military planes

Manila : The United States is giving the Philippines two used military aircraft, the coast guard said Wednesday, to help Manila expand sea patrols in the face of territorial disputes with China. The two Sherpa 30-seater aircraft will be delivered in December, Philippine coast guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo...

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British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded
Sep 06

British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded

London : Tens of thousands of British Airways passengers face delays and disruption due to what the airline calls "problems with the computer systems".  Overnight, travellers from destinations worldwide - and in particular North America - have been turning up at check-in to discover long queues. At...

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US, China join climate deal in 'turning point' for planet
Sep 03

US, China join climate deal in 'turning point' for planet

Hangzhou : The United States and China on Saturday formally joined the Paris climate deal, with President Barack Obama hailing the accord as the "moment we finally decided to save our planet". The move by the world's two biggest polluters is a major step forward for the 180-nation accord, which sets ambitious goals...

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Pakistan deploys helicopter in search for missing US climbers
Sep 03

Pakistan deploys helicopter in search for missing US climbers

Islamabad : Pakistan stepped up its search for two Americans climbers Saturday, deploying army helicopters to find the pair who went missing six days ago while trying to summit a mountain in the country's far north. Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson began their ascent of the 7,285-metre (23,900-foot) Ogre-II peak off...

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Obama arrives in China for final visit as president
Sep 03

Obama arrives in China for final visit as president

Hangzhou : US President Barack Obama arrived in China on Saturday for his final visit as president, intent on cementing the "pivot" to Asia undertaken during his administration. Obama was welcomed by an honour guard as Air Force One landed in the eastern city of Hangzhou, which is hosting the G20 summit of global...

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Iranian plot to sabotage Saudi-India ties foiled
Sep 03

Iranian plot to sabotage Saudi-India ties foiled

A swift and tactical move by India has put paid to the Iranian trickery of sowing distrust in the strong and time-tested relations between Riyadh and New Delhi. A recent Iranian and Hezbollah-backed Lebanese Al-Alam news channel report claimed that Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has allegedly played down the...

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Islamic militants blamed for deadly Philippine blast
Sep 03

Islamic militants blamed for deadly Philippine blast

Davao : Philippine authorities on Saturday blamed a notorious group of Islamic militants for the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte's home town that killed at least 14 people. An improvised explosive device tore through the bustling market in the heart of Davao city and close to one of its top...

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